Why I hate Social Media
Last year, when lockdown began, I deleted all social media off my phone. There was just a lot of noise, and with every country handling the pandemic differently, and there was major FOMO as well. While I was being responsible and staying at home, I had friends meeting up or quanantining with each other and having a great time.
At a certain point, social media was just not helpful in anyway. Watching other people, both that I know and do not know having fun or bitching about being in quarantine like we all were. Social media became a place filled with negativity, and rather connecting me to people, it was just making me mad at people for no reason.
So, I decided to delete all social media off my phone until lockdown was over. At the time, I was thinking that this whole COVID-19 thing would be done within 6 months. Boy was I wrong.
There was no longer any Snapchat, Instagram or Facebook on my phone (I wasn’t a big fan of Twitter anyway) and I logged out of all of them on my other devices so I was as disconnected as I possibly could be. The only app that I kept was Facebook Messenger so that I was able to text a few friends every now and then. I figured that everyone in my life who is important to me, I have their phone number, so I don’t need to have all the other apps to stay in touch with them.
After a couple of days, I was already feeling so much better, but I was bored. So, I had to find something to do in order to fill up the hours of scrolling and tapping needlessly on my phone. This is where I found the unexpected benefits from social media.
I deleted social media with the goal to get away from all the noise, and in turn, I will be happier. But, because I needed to fill in the time, I started to read more and fell in love with many books about self-development and growth. In addition, I started learning about investing and other methods of making money, one of them being writing on Medium. While I started Medium as a way to make more money, I found out that I really enjoy writing about a multitude of topics and wanted to get better and better at conveying a story.